King Charles reveals first Christmas card photo taken days before Queen’s death


Buckingham Palace on Sunday released the picture selected for the couple’s first Christmas card since Charles became King (Picture: PA)

The King and Queen Consort have revealed the photograph chosen for their first Christmas card since Charles took the throne.

It features the couple at a Highland Gathering and was taken on September 3 – just five days before Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

The image, taken by award-winning photographer Sam Hussein, shows Charles and Camilla smiling at the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in September.

It captures the King from a side profile, dressed in a tweed suit with a red, green and beige tie. Camilla is wearing a green suit and matching hat with a pheasant motif, and pearl earrings.

During the event, Charles officially opened a new structure celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as he joined spectators at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park for the annual Highland Games event.

His mother was not in attendance due to her declining health.

Charles cut a heather rope to mark the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Archway.

The 2022 Christmas card of King Charles III and the Queen Consort in front of a Christmas tree in Clarence House (Picture: PA)

The photograph was taken at the Braemar Games on September 3 by Samir Hussein (Picture: PA)

Crowds from across the globe joined him and the then Duchess of Cornwall to watch competitors take part in events such as the caber toss, hammer throw and tug-of-war, as well as to celebrate some longstanding Scottish traditions, dance and music.

Camilla and the Princess Royal were presented with heather posies by 10-year-old Chloe Guy and 12-year-old Cassie Stewart, who are both members of the Braemar Royal Highland Society’s dancing class, before the Games got under way.

The then-Duchess of Cornwall appeared to take a sprig of flowers and put it in her buttonhole, which can be seen in the Christmas card photograph.

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